Just before Christmas a new Cessna model was cleared to fly by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Citation M2 is the name of the new light jet and the first delivery – to American author Stuart Woods – was announced. A visual look around in his aircraft.
Cessna senior vice president of business jets Brad Thress: “The Citation M2 is a versatile aircraft that fits many markets and missions, attracting owner-operators looking for an advanced, innovative aircraft of this size, capability, and value. Our launch customer, Stuart Woods, represents this type of customer: owners moving up from their Citation Mustang. Further, many new M2 owners are upgrading from a turboprop, while still others are moving laterally to a newer, same-size business jet. With its single-pilot certification, the Citation M2 has room for six passengers and is faster than many comparable aircraft, making it a strong performer in this segment.”
The Citation M2 was announced in September 2011, according to Cessna based on many requests by its customers. First flight of the Citation M2 prototype occurred in March 2012 and the first production aircraft flew in August 2013. The development and certification process involved more than 150,000 engineering hours and two aircraft flying nearly 1,000 flight test hours and 360,000 nautical miles.
The Citation M2 has a maximum cruise speed of 400 knots true airspeed (460 miles/740 km per hour) and a range of 1,300 nautical miles (2,405 km). The aircraft can operate at airports with runways as short as 3,250 feet and will climb to 41,000 feet in 24 minutes. The Citation M2 is certified for single-pilot operation and features two Williams FJ44 engines. The aircraft can easily handle non-stop legs such as Frankfurt – Moscow or Washington DC – Houston.
The M2’s cockpit design features Garmin G3000 avionics with high-resolution multifunction displays and split-screen capability. Touch screen interactivity comparable to a smartphone provides pilots with performance information. From the cockpit divider aft through the rear lavatory, the main passenger cabin of the Citation M2 is 58 inches wide and 11 feet long with a 5-inch dropped aisle providing a cabin height of 57 inches. The cabin has eight large windows.